These Guys Give Back

“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.

Life on the PGA Tour looks like a sweet deal. The professionals earn a great living playing golf on the most beautiful courses in the world. They travel to warm and exotic locations to play a game. Any of us would gladly trade places with them. Life is good on the PGA Tour. 104 golfers earned over one million dollars last year in tournament winnings (See List). They all have endorsement deals where they earn more money.

The PGA Tour donates more to charity then any other sport and the players are no different. Many players have their own foundations that work with charities throughout the world.

The Tour leading money winner in 2008, Vijay Singh uses The Vijay Singh Charitable Foundation to help women and children of domestic abuse. He also works with the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Tiger Woods was the second leading money leader last year and has many charitable causes. The Tiger Woods Foundation manages the Tiger Woods Learning Center in California that works with children and their educational choices. Tiger also helps charities through The Chevron World Challenge, Tiger Jam and The A.T. &T. National tournament.

Phil Mickelson finished in third place on the money list last year. Phil and his wife have established The Phil and Amy Mickelson Charitable Gift Foundation. They work with many programs; The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (college for children of deceased Special Ops servicemen), Homes for Our Troops (housing for returning military), America Supports You (support for troops families) and Birdies for the Brave which supports the previously mentioned charities.

The money they earn on the tour may seem unreal but it is great to see these players taking a very active role in helping out the many causes that their charities support.


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